TRADEMARKS FAQs

Q: WHY SHOULD I REGISTER A TRADEMARK OVER AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

A: Industrial designs provide for protection for a period of a maximum period of 15 years while trademarks provide for protection for a period of 10 years that can be renewed after the lapse of those 10 years over and over.

Q: HOW LONG DOES A TRADEMARK OFFER ITS PROPRIETOR PROTECTION?
A: A successfully registered trademark affords its proprietor rights for a period of 10 years, however the Act provides for the renewals every 10 years..

Q: AT WHAT STAGE ARE OBJECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION OF A TRADEMARK MADE ?
A:
After the publication of the trademark in the journal, when you are registering the trademark through the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO).

Q: WHAT IS THE BANJUL PROTOCOL?

A: It is a guideline for the centralised registration of Marks in Africa.

Q: WHICH ARE THE PARTICIPATING STATES OF THE BANJUL PROTOCOL?

1. Botswana
2. Kingdom of Eswatini
3. The Gambia
4. Lesotho
5. Liberia
6. Malawi
7. Mozambique
8. Namibia
9. Sào Tomé and Príncipe
10. Uganda
11. United Republic of Tanzania
12. Zimbabwe

Q: WHAT CAN I DO IF SOMEONE IS USING MY TRADEMARK?

A: Approach your Legal Practitioner who will advise on the best course of legal action depending on the infringement.

            This is for general information purposes – seek the advice of a Lawyer.

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